The Secret Republican Plot

According to a Center for American Progress report, there seems to be a common goal among all these shadowy PACs that are spending tens of millions of dollars in our elections this year -- they want to protect polluters' profits! CAP has identified 13 Republican backed organizations run by the likes of the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and Ed Gillespie that have spent nearly $70 million to derail clean energy legislation and elect politicians who have the same goal. On top of that, $242 million dollars have already been spent by big oil in lobbying efforts to defend their right to pollute. Time and time again, as energy reform is debated and pressure is put on big oil to take more responsibility for their pollution, you hear the same excuse: "We can't afford to be crippled by government regulations, we can't afford to invest in new, cleaner technology, we'll have to pass on our high costs to the customers." This is absurd. They can't afford to pay fines when they pollute ecosystems, yet they can afford over $300 million dollars to pollute our politicians and elections? The sad thing is, this is not a coincidence. As we discussed earlier in the week, most of these groups will all get together again in Palm Springs in January to plot how to rig the game beyond 2010. Simply put, this is a conspiracy to buy elections, buy politicians, and to buy legislation for the primary reason of preserving polluters' profits indefinitely -- no matter the cost to the American's national security, American's health, or the commons.

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renngadee's picture
renngadee 13 years 35 weeks ago
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DeFazio's Billionaire attack machine - speculation about why he's doing it?

Thom wondered what the billionaire's motivation is who is funding DeFazio's opponent and attacking Peter DeFazio. Just speculating ...Perhaps he's been a participant at the Koch brothers Republican billionaire's forum and going after DeFazio is HIS action item to fulfill on their strategy!

Peter DeFazio is truly a great progressive and public servant of the people of Oregon and America. Going over to his website to give some money right now.

steve parker's picture
steve parker 13 years 35 weeks ago
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The Center for American Progress is not making that report easy to find. Anyone have a link?

Frederik's picture
Frederik 13 years 34 weeks ago
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I believe you are looking for this: MEMO: Health Insurance, Banking, Oil Industries Met With Koch, Chamber, Glenn Beck To Plot 2010 Election.

Does anyone have any information about paid employees of right wing think tanks changing wikipedia? Thom mentioned it in the show, relating to the same story. I'm very interested to know if there are any articles out there or if this comes from his personal experiences only, as he said on the show.

Greetings,
Frederik

Frederik's picture
Frederik 13 years 34 weeks ago
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steve parker's picture
steve parker 13 years 34 weeks ago
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That's it thanks. Great article.

RandyWinn's picture
RandyWinn 13 years 34 weeks ago
#6

" If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever." - George Orwell.

The difference between Orwell and the Teabaggers: Orwell was AGAINST it!

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